Ministries at St. Stephen's Church

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Adult Education Fr. James
Altar Guild Gillian Woodcock
June Russell
Book Club Tracy Ormsbee
Book, The Richie Woodzell
Chalice Bearers Doreen May
Choir Douglas Lohnas
Church School/Nursery Miranda Rand
Confirmation Fr. James
Counters Denise Crates
CROP walk Priscilla Sprague
Daughters of the King Richey woodzell
Education Miranda Rand
Episcopal Church Women Carole Merrill-Mazurek
Tracy Ormsbee
Facebook David Fronk
Foyers Gillian Woodcock
Inquirer’s Class Fr. James
Jail Deacon Pat
Kerygma Deacon Pat
Lectors Doreen May
Library Jo Adams
Messenger Rose Walker
Chris Jones
Over-the-hill Gang George Woodzell
Parish Council Fr. James
Pastoral Care Teams Richey Woodzell
Prayer Chain Suzanne Taylor
SICM Eunice Chouffi
Marti Spang
Vestry Erin Cohen
Web Site Chris Jones
Worship Committee Deacon Pat
Youth Group George Woodzell


Christian Education


Nursery

The nursery is staffed from 9am until 11:30am on Sunday mornings, from the 2nd Sunday in September until the 4th Sunday in June. It may also be staffed for special services such as the Christmas Eve Family Service. Please check with the Education Director for confirmation.

Church School

Religious instruction for pre-school children through high school is held weekly from the 2nd Sunday in September through the 2nd Sunday in June, with occasional exceptions (i.e. the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Sunday after Christmas, and the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend), and last-minute cancelations due to weather. Currently there are three age-appropriate divisions.

Pre-School through 3rd Grade: Uses Godly Play curriculum – a biblical story-telling program based on the oral tradition, augmented with games, crafts, and play-acting. A light snack is served toward the end of the session. This takes place during the 10:15am service. Children start in the church with their parents, move to the classroom after the Children’s Message and return in time to participate in the Eucharist.

Sunday Friends, a time of instruction for students in Grades 4-5-6, uses an undated generic curriculum, Faith Practices for Older Children. The curriculum uses multiple media sources to illustrate biblical themes. A typical session includes a time for biblical exploration through reading and discussion, a theme-related craft, and a light snack. This class starts at 9:00am.

Youth Group, for students in Grades 7-12, is a time of conversation based on current affairs and philosophical themes. The teens have written their own prayer service which they use on alternate Sundays. This group meets in the Teen Lounge, with the time alternating between 9:00am and 10:15am to enable the students to participate in formal worship and to serve as acolytes.

Occasional special programs such as the Christmas Pageant and guest speakers on topics ranging from Food Pantry usage to Judaic festivals, serve to expand the students’ familiarity with the world outside their immediate sphere of influence.

Parents of children in the lower grades are asked to complete a short registration form which includes health information, emergency contact names and numbers, permission to photograph the children during special activities, and provide transportation (with appropriate prior notice), to offsite events.

The church follows the guidelines set out in the Albany Episcopal Diocese’ Child Protective Policy.

For more information contact Miranda Rand, Christian Education Director

March 2014


Confirmation
: Confirm not Conform


The initial problem with most confirmation programs is that, from the moment a youth signs up, the assumption that they will be confirmed is in place. It's a done deal. No student would want to spend so much time in study and not reach the goal. But how can you confirm your faith without opening your heart and mind to ask what it is you really believe? The process is meant to be about exploration, not memorization.

CnC is focused on helping young people ask the tough questions and search out the answers. Through innovative classroom work, field trips, mentor relationships and the challenge to do a whole lot more than just learn a few facts; CnC lets kids take real responsibility for understanding their faith and its power. When they do -when they see the church and faith as something that truly belongs to them, rather than something they're forced to accept -it builds a bond that lasts.

At the end of the class, as a sign of their ability to take charge of their own spiritual life, each youth chooses whether or not to be confirmed. All participants, whatever their decision, are honored in a special service dedicated to their work, exploration and discoveries.

If you in 7th -12th grade and are interested in this experience, please see Fr. James. The course will not work with less than eight students.

Contact person: Fr. James


Adult Christian Education

Our congregation has an understanding of the Christian faith that informs but does not determine what ought to be done in living the Christian life. Our education programs take into account diverse understandings of issues within and without the church. Ambiguity and difference are not only tolerated but accepted, as long as issues and questions are probed and insights are gained.
The content of our education programs for youth and adults is not a matter of setting down right belief. Rather, the aim of our teaching is to present the understandings of the inherited tradition and the questions, challenges, and understandings that arise in the contemporary church and world. In other words, our teaching attempts to present the questions, challenges, and understandings of the present without demanding a narrow orthodoxy.
Whatever the issue, teaching seeks not conformity but understanding of what the witnesses have claimed in the past and what makes sense now. In most areas there is some consensus on fundamental convictions. As grounded in Christian identity, we claim that Christ has transformed us, changed us in relationship to creation itself, given us new life. But transformation and new life do not mean uniformity of belief.
How people are reconciled with God and what this means for our understanding of the world and for what we should do --such questioning stands at the heart of a serious engagement with the faith that has been given us. This is the heart of Education for Christian Living.
  • Sunday Morning Classes are offered from 9am to 10am in the Conference room.  The first half of the class is spent watching a video and the second half is spent in discussion.  No prior preparation is required, though ‘advanced organizers’ are often handed out for the next Sunday.
  • Tuesday Morning Theological Reflection  Seminars are offered from 10:30am to noon in the Conference room.  The first half of the class is spent listening to a lecture from a professor chosen for his/her  award-winning teaching abilities, their profound insights into their respective fields and their ability to instill in students the sheer joy of learning. The second half is spent in discussion.  Prior preparation is required though ‘class outlines’ handed out for the next weeks’ topic.  Additional reading is sometimes offered.
  • Inquirers' Classes are an introduction to the Episcopal Church in the United States. These four classes give an overview of how Episcopalians fit into the complex of protestant and catholic churches. The National Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Albany, the congregation of St. Stephen's and the relationship among all three will be explored. Frank discussions include both the wonderful things about our Church, and also some not-so-wonderful things. This course is required for all adults who wish to be confirmed or received into the church, but is open to all members of the Parish Family. This course is offered several times each year. It usually meets at noon on Sundays in the rector's office.

  • Wednesday Evening Bible Studies are offered from 7:30pm  to 8:30pm in the Conference room.  They are a basic introduction to bible in three independent parts: a four week introduction to the entire bible for those who are very new to this book; an eight week introduction to the Hebrew scriptures, telling the epic story of the Jews and the creation of the world's first and most profoundly influential monotheistic religion; and an eight week introduction to the Christian Scriptures which may challenge familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins.  Each set of three classes are offered twice a year: in the fall and winter. 

For all adult education classes, please contact Fr. James


Liturgical Ministries

Ministries involved in our worship services


The Choir
Choir

The Adult Choir is active from the Sunday after Labor Day through early June. The Choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, and participates in the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, with a brief rehearsal at 9:45 a.m. The Choir also performs at special services during Advent and Holy Week. Persons 16 and older are welcome to join. New voices are always welcome in the choir.

Contact person:


Altar guild

The Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary for services: the Eucharistic vessels, candles, vestments and flowers. Three teams of three or more people take their turn every 3rd week. Setup is completed prior to each of the Sunday services, and some preparation is commonly completed on Saturday, including flower arrangements. The schedule is flexible and the group is supportive. New members are most welcome.

Contact persons: Jill Woodcock and June Russell.


LectorsLayreader

Two lectors read at each service. The lector of the first lesson reads from the Old Testament and leads the congregation in the appointed Psalm. The second lector reads from the New Testament. If you would like to participate in the services as a lector, please talk with Fr. James, Deacon Pat, or Marilyn Causey, at 372-2469. There is a need for more lectors for the 8:00 am services. Lectors for the 10:15 service are now on a rotating schedule of every three months, but more names can be added at any time.

Doreen May, Scheduler.


Chalice Bearers

Chalice bearers are vested and process with the clergy. At the 8:00 service, the chalice bearer may also serve as an acolyte if no acolyte is present. (That role is completely voluntary). Chalice bearers, like lectors, are assigned to the service time that they elect. Some are willing to serve at either service, which is very helpful. When Deacon Pat is not present, Fr. James may ask the chalice bearer to lead the Prayers of the People. Again, that is voluntary. New chalice bearers will receive instructions before their names are added to the schedules.

To learn more about becoming a chalice bearer, please talk with Fr. James or Deacon Pat. Doreen May, scheduler.


Ushers

Ushers serve at the 109:15 service handing out bulletins and assisting people as they come into church. They take up the offering and assist the congregation as they come up the the altar rail during communion. They count the house and straighten up a little after the service. Additional ushers are always welcome.

Contact person: Dave Caruso

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Worship Committee

The Worship Committeeis a forum for the ongoing renewal of our approach to God in worship through informed discussion and regular re-evaluation of our liturgy. We seek to assist the Rector in his responsibility, both to help the people of Saint Stephen’s grow in their awareness of the deep meanings contained in our liturgy, and to provide for liturgy that engages and renews our faith, strengthens our spirit, and enables us to boldly live out our lives as Christians.

Activities: Committee members meet monthly (4th Monday at 7:30) in the evening with the Rector and other members of the clergy to further these aims. Contact: Deacon Pat.



Pastoral Care Teams

A vital ministry of our church is keeping in touch with those who are not able to worship with us on Sunday mornings.  One way to maintain that is through our pastoral care teams of two people, who serve on a weekly rotating schedule.  

Most of the time, the team for the week rearranges the altar flowers into smaller containers and delivers them to the sick, the  homebound and those in nursing homes and hospitals.  The visit that accompanies the flowers is what is important, and the flowers serve to remind the person that he or she is remembered by the parish.  Pastoral care teams can go together or individually on the visits, depending on the situation. 

At times, there are very few parishioners ill, hospitalized or in long term care facilities.  Each team then can take flowers to the ones who donated them that week, to those listed under Birthdays or Anniversaries in the Sunday bulletin, or to elderly people known to them, not necessarily from St. Stephen’s.  As visitors, we usually learn so much from those we visit. 

If you would like to be part of a pastoral team, please contact Fr. James or Deacon Pat  The scheduler is Richey Woodzell.

March 2014


Prayer Ministries

Special prayers offered daily

Daughters of the King, St. Clare Chapter

The Daughters of the King is an Order for women in the Episcopal Church, begun in 1885 at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City.  Now there are chapters of the Daughters of the King worldwide.  The St. Clare Chapter at St. Stephen’s began on Pentecost Sunday, 2000.  We take a lifetime vow to live by a rule of life, which is a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism.

Many of you already live by a daily rule of life.  In addition to this we invite you to share in the joy of praying, studying and serving with other women in close community. The Order is a “safe place” where we can be together and support each other in Christ’s love.

The St. Clare Chapter meets (usually) on the third Wednesday of each month, 10:30 AM to Noon, and our meetings are usually listed on the web site calendar.  We welcome visitors!  Contact person is Richey Woodzell, or any of the “daughters.”   Members of our chapter are Eunice Chouffi, Emmy Grubb, Marilyn Humphrey, Kabby Lowe, Louise Peake and Richey Woodzell.

March 2014


Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is a circle of volunteers who pray for people added to the list on request. Anyone in the Prayer Chain may add names of those who are sick or in need.  List changes are e-mailed to members, and the full list is mailed monthly. It is also on the web site at http://www.saintstephenschenectady.org/Prayer_Chain.htm . Our Prayer Chain contact can add you to the distribution list, or you can share in this Ministry by printing out the web site page and using it in your daily devotions. Send your prayer concerns to Suzanne Taylor or  Louise Peake and they'll get the word around.

Contact people: Suzanne Taylor or Louise Peake

March 2014


Sunday Prayer List

Prayer concerns can also be shared by adding names to the list on the table in the back of the church on Sunday mornings. This list is placed on the prayer desk in the chapel, and those manes are prayed for during the daily morning prayer service at 9:00 weekday mornings. Please add your prayer concerns to this list.

March 2014


Administrative Ministries

Keeping things running smoothly, doing things that need to be done.


The Book

St. Stephen's has an important book other than the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. Called simply “The Book,” it contains a list of parishioners who have volunteered to help other members of our church who are temporarily in need of meals and/or transportation, as well as a log of services provided. Examples of a time of need are following an operation, recovering from an illness, when a family is blessed with a new member, or when there is a serious family situation.

If you are in need of this kind of help, call the office (346-6241) or the "Keeper of the Book" for that week, who is listed in the bulletin. The Keeper will coordinate meals or transportation for the individual or family by calling on the volunteers in the Book. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR HELP. Many of us have had times when knowing that dinner would be provided meant that time and energy could be used for more important tasks. For those who live alone, a ride to the doctor's or to church could be a great help.

Or, if you would like to offer your help, either in providing an occasional meal or an occasional ride, please call Richey Woodzell. In this way you will be helping to minister to those of our parish community in need.

March 2014


The Parish Council

The Parish council offers advice and consultation to Fr. James in the programs areas of the church. The programs areas include service, worship, education, evangelism, pastoral care and fellowship. They meet on third Monday at 10:00am in the rector’s office. Membership includes Carole Merrill-Mazurek, Deacon Pat, George Woodzell, Erin Cohen, and Doreen May. These meetings are open to members of the parish.

Contact person: Fr. James.


The Vestry

What is the Vestry? The Vestry is the body within our congregation that, with the clergy, leads the parish.

What are the responsibilities of the Vestry?
The Vestry is responsible for personnel management and the stewardship of our money and propeVestryrty. The Vestry has a legal and moral responsibility to manage our congregation’s resources, including operating funds, investment, furnishing, buildings and grounds. As well as insuring the care of paid and volunteer personnel, so that they receive adequate compensation, benefits, equipment, resources, training, and support.

How does the Vestry accomplish this goal?
The Vestry engages in short and long range planning, both directly and through committees of the parish. We review our parish’s mission, our current programs, staff and facilities, and plan for the future. A strategic plan can be delegated to a subgroup, but it is the Vestry’s responsibility to make sure that such planning occurs, is formally adopted, and is supported. Our congregation needs resources to accomplish our mission. Vestry members play a key role in gathering these resources. They actively give of their time, talent and treasure.

What is the time commitment of Vestry members?
The Vestry meets on the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:30. Each Vestry member is also assigned to a subcommittee of the Vestry. Much of the communication between meetings is completed via e-mail. Vestry members serve three year terms.

Who are the current members of our Vestry?
They are listed on our leadership page.

Vestry are elected by the parish at our annual meeting.

Vestry meetings are open to members of the parish. Please drop by sometime and see how the vestry works.

The Vestry Standing Committees. We place this list here so that members of this congregation will know who to seek when they have questions or concerns. This is the 2014 list. Note: you don't have to be on the vestry to be on one or more of the standing committees! You just need to have some particular interest in some aspect of the church.

Finance  Committee Endowment  Committee
Bill Frank - cp Jack Feyrer – cp
Denise Crates - tres. Marti Spang – tres.
Carole Merrill-Mazurek Bill Frank
Austin Spang Sal Belardo
Linda Emalaef Bud Mazurek
Susan Feyrer Austin Spang
   
Personnel  Committee Nominating Committee
Linda Emalaef - cp Erin Cohen – cp
Tracy Ormsby Joe Palko
Stan Jakubowski Stan Jakubowski
Carole Merrill-Mazurek  
Susan Feyrer  
   
Buildings & Grounds Committee Communications Committee
Stan Jakubowski - cp Jan Lovett - cp
Jim Ormsbee Tracy Ormsby
Brian Riordan Chris Jones
Gillian Woodcock David Fronk
Lisa McDonald Jim Syta
Richey Woodzell Erin Cohen
   
First Friends Committee  
Kate Riordon - cp  
Erin Cohen  
Denise Crates  
Joe Palko  
Tracy Ormsbee.  
Laura Bynon, staff  
Chris Quinn, staff  


Youth



Youth Group
youthsubs

Our youth group engages in a variety of activities, including lock-ins, trips, picnics, and so forth. Many of them participate in the work camp in Appalachia during the summer. Part of that activity involves raising money by preparing and selling Super Bowl Subs. We put on a "Thank-you" dinner annually in the fall, for which we prepare a slide show of pictures from work camp and descriptions of our work (and play) there.

Contact person: George Woodzell




Work Week in Appalachia

Every year for the past fifteen or so summers, we have sent a contingent of young and not-so-young people to a place where they have helped the poor with their houses: painting, making porches, roofing, wheelchair ramps, and so forth. In recent years, we have been joined by a few from other churches in the area. If you're interested in hearing more, ask George.

Contact person: George Woodzell

Nursery/Sunday School (see listing above)


Community Outreach

In keeping with the mission of St. Stephen’s Congregation, the Community Outreach Program seeks to help individuals in need whether it be through the annual school supply drive in September, manning the truck to deliver furniture for Home Furnishings or sending two delegates to the monthly SICM meetings. Our objective is to put our Christian intentions into action in our community by enlisting the personal effort of our members. Currently, there is an overall chairperson and each committee has an additional chair to organize the activities.

Schenectady Inner City Ministry

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM ) has many areas of service for those in need. Two members of St. Stephen’s serve as chair of this committee. Whether it be participating in the the Crop Walk, attending monthly SICM delegate meetings or keeping the SICM bulletin board (located in the back of the church) up to date with all the opportunities to volunteer at the emergency food bank on Albany Street and the Damien Center, there is room for everyone to get involved. There is also a basket for parishioners to donate food each week located by the SICM bulletin board. We also support the Damien Center (picnics and dinners), the Summer Lunch Program, and supply mentors for the "Work Matters" Program.

Contact: Eunice Chouffi and Marti Spang. The SICM web page.


The Jail Ministry

Pat Jones has been doing jail ministry for quite a while now. During her Sunday afternoon visits to the women in the Schenectady county jail, she talks with inmates, prays with them and receives requests from them. The requests take various forms, sometimes for money in a commissary account, sometimes for clothes, sometimes a request for a phone call to a loved one. Sometimes she distributes Bibles. Several times a year she takes in cards with stamped envelopes. During the Christmas season, the cards go not only to the women but to the men as well. Recently this ministry has expanded to helping people released from prison.

The rest of us can help in a variety of ways. Each December, during a coffee hour, we stuff cards into envelopes and stamp them. Several times a year we have "Undies Sunday", when we buy underwear for the women. Sometimes members of the parish accompany Pat as she makes her rounds on Sunday afternoon. Another way to participate is to make a financial contribution directly to Pat’s jail ministry. You can also put your contribution in the yellow "Discretionary Fund" envelopes. Money in those envelopes is divided evenly between Fr. James and Pat. There are always financial demands, so gifts of money to this ministry is needed and appreciated.

The contact person is Deacon Pat.


Crop Walk

The annual Schenectady CROP Walk is held in the early afternoon on the first Sunday of May each year. This is a 5 KM (about 3.1 miles) walk to raise money to relieve hunger. Schenectady’s walk is one of the largest in the state, raising over $50,000 each year.

From the Church World Service website: “CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in some 80 countries. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs -- something CWS has learned through some 61 years of working in partnership around the world.” Funds raised by CROP walks helped to provide food for the survivors of the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. In addition, 25% of the money raised stays in the local area to support food pantries, the Senior Meals programs, and agencies that provide meals for those in need.

Registration forms and information are made available several weeks before the walk. Walkers/runners sign up sponsors who pledge money to CROP, either using this form or an online registration.

Contact: Priscilla Sprague

Church Women Group - ECW

The ECW’s mission is to provide fellowship, spiritual growth, and service opportunities to women 18 & older. The ECW provides an array of opportunities to meet new friends and impact the lives of the disenfranchised within our community, nation and world. The ECW accomplishes these goals by monthly meetings. (4th Tuesday of each month, except July & August at 7:00 pm) The intent of the meetings is to become knowledgeable, motivated and goal centered to impact societal problems near and afar. The group has been involved in assisting third world countries as well as supporting the needs of individuals in our small community. In addition to addressing service needs, the group has bi-yearly luncheons, potluck dinners and an inviting informal atmosphere. We encourage all women at St. Stephen’s to become part of ECW, so that together we can help impact global situations that affect the lives of the needy and work togetherher to transform our little corner of the world.

Contacts: Carole Merrill-Mazurek and Tracy Ormsbee.


Communication

Keeping in touch with each other. Knowing what's going on!


The Messenger

The Messenger is a monthly newsletter of the parish that is e-mailed to all of the families and friends of St. Stephen’s. The current and past issues of the Messenger are also on the St. Stephen’s website. It contains articles about church events for the month, Christian education information, a list of birthdays and anniversaries and descriptions of various activities and ministries that make St. Stephen’s church a special place.

The editor collects articles usually by email and an updated list of birthday and anniversaries. At the end of the previous month, the editor puts the articles together to create the Messenger. She then prints it so that it can be available on a table at the back of the church. An e-mail edition is sent to everyone with e-mail addresses. We put current and past issues of the Messenger on the website.It is published during the program year (September through June).

Many people contribute articles to the Messenger. Of course the clergy write, but members of the congregation also contribute: book reviews, articles about new people, articles about what's going on in the Sunday School or Youth Group, and so forth. If you would like to write something for the Messenger, please do so.

Contact: Our secretary. The current issue is usually available on our web site.


Facebook

The St. Stephen's facebook page was started in mid-2012 by David Fronk.


The Web Site

 www.saintstephenschenectady.org

People looking for a church don’t use the yellow pages or the newspapers any more, they use the internet. When they do that, we want to be sure to be there, and we want to present a reasonably accurate view of who we are. Service hours, directions to the church, educational offerings, a description of what happens Sunday mornings, and many photographs provide an introduction to people who are looking for a church home.  In addition, the website serves as a resource to the members by providing an on-line picture directory, various schedules, a listing of activities and activity heads, and much more.

Would you like to be involved? How about taking on the Youth pages? How about doing a "News" page, presenting articles from the web and/or newspapers about local and national issues in the Episcopal Church? There’s plenty going on these days! How about a diocesan news page? You don’t need to be a computer nut to do this stuff. Proficiency with a word processor and the ability to do e-mail would help, but not even these skills are essential. Another way to help is to proof read the web pages. It is very helpful to me to have typos and errors brought to my attention. If you see a way that our website could be improved, please let me know.

Contact: Chris Jones

 


Church Library
library

The St. Stephen’s Library is a congregational library for the use of all members. Library Committee members seek to select books for our collection which illuminate our Christian faith and Judaic heritage. Prayer and devotional material is chosen to guide the spiritual growth of all ages. Film and audio materials are available to be taken home and can be signed out through the church office. The library is responsible for the display of books for special occasions, i.e. Christmas, Easter etc. The loan period for all material is one month, and all books must be signed out with the circulation card (found in the back of the book) left in the metal box on the shelf. Parishioners are encouraged to donate books given as a memorial, or as a celebration of a special occasion such as a birthday. A bookplate may be inserted if desired. Readers are encouraged to write book reviews for The Messenger and to put suggestions for purchases in the library mail box.

Directions for borrowing and returning books can be found on the bookshelf. Our collection is arranged by the Dewey Decimal System – which is posted. The card catalog, located on top of the mailboxes, can be searched by author, title or subject.

Contact people regarding the Library are Jo Adams, Jane Tatge, and Eunice Chouffi


Being Social
: Fellowship

Enjoying each other's company


Fellowship

We have a coffee hours after the 8:00 and 10:15 services on Sundays. The Foyers Program (sharing meals in member's homes) is going well. We usually have picnics, pancake suppers, and more.

FELLOWSHIP EVENTS

2014-15 (Tentative list; check the calendar for latest updates)

Sept. 7 Sunday Homecoming Picnic
Oct. 26 Sunday Hallowe' en Party
Nov. 15 Saturday Family Night
Nov. 16 Sunday Ladies' Luncheon
Dec. 13 Saturday Caroling and Potluck
Jan. 4 Sunday Epiphany Brunch
Jan. 24 Saturday Family Night
Feb. 17 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
Mar. 14 Saturday Family Talent Show
Apr. 1 Wednesday Seder Supper
Apr. 4 Saturday Easter Vigil Reception
Apr. 12 Sunday Ladies' Luncheon
June 7 Sunday Volunteer Recognition Picnic

Contact: or ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING?
Erin Cohen or Richey Woodzell




Book Club

ST. STEPHEN’S BOOK CLUB, now in its third year, meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM in the Youth Lounge. 

Here is last year's schedule. We'll have the schedule for this year soon.

November 12:  Wool by Hugh Howey
December 10:   Tell about a Christmas book (or other book) that you would recommend as a gift.
January 14:  The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabelle Wilkerson
February 11:  Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
March 11: Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls.
This will also be a game night!
April 8:  Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
May 13:  When God Was A Woman by Merlin Stone
June 10:  My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
July 8 or September 9:  Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Contact person: Tracy Ormsbee


Foyers

Would you like to get to know other people at St. Stephen’s?

Foyer is a great way to meet old and new friends. We get together in groups of 6 to 8 people for an informal dinner each month. Groups change every month with each couple/person taking a turn at hosting the gathering. While the host provides the main course and venue the other members of the group provide the salad, dessert etc., so it is a collaborative effort and not all the burden falls to one person. Singles as well as couples are invited to join us.

For more information or to sign up please phone Gillian Woodcock

We look forward to meeting you soon.

coffee
Coffee Hour

The coffee hour is part of our ministry to each other and to visitors. One way to carry out this ministry is for you to be there and strike up conversations with people who may be new (or old!) to the parish. Making connections with people is what it’s all about.

Another way to help is to do a coffee hour now and then. There is a sign-up sheet back in the parish hall with a set of directions and suggestions. Once you find out where things are in the kitchen, it’s really pretty easy. Most people prepare (bake or buy) goodies, but that’s optional. The essentials are coffee and tea, paper cups and napkins.

Jam

Jam: During the summer, fruit is harvested from the Myron Street Farm or from local farms (Bowman Orchards, Knight Orchards and Country Gardens are a few; there are many more). The jam is then made and hot packed into 8 or 12 ounce jars, and firmly sealed with snap lids. Paraffin is not suitable because it is not robust enough. The jam is sold at church a couple of times per month in the fall and winter months. All proceeds go to the summer youth work week. If you would like to make some jam and participate in this project, let me know.

Contact: Chris Jones


Tasks/Serving Each Other

Doing some of the jobs that need to be done...
(and usually having a good time doing it!)


Gardens

The church gardens need volunteers in the spring when it's time to weed, spread mulch, and plant some annuals; and in the fall,when we prepare the gardens for the winter. There will be a work morning publicized for anyone wanting to help with either of these sessions. No special talent or knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to get a little dirty! Throughout the summer the gardens just need weeding. Volunteers can sign up for a week to weed and come down to the church whenever it suits them. They can contact Marilyn Causey. If there is anyone who loves and knows about gardening and would like to take charge of the gardens, PLEASE have him or her contact me or Fr. James. We have a professional trim the shrubs and trees.

In the spring we will ask the parish for donations of tools and a wheelbarrow to be kept in the shed. This will make tending the garden easier as now we haul tools, wheelbarrow, etc from our homes.



The Over The Hill Gang
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Do you ever wonder who replaces those burned-out light bulbs in the church, or who sands and varnishes the big oak doors, who does the painting, or who installed the new lighting fixtures in the Sunday school classrooms? All of these jobs, and countless others are done by the Over The Hill Gang, a group of people who meet each Tuesday afternoon to repair and maintain the church buildings and grounds.

We in the Over The Hill Gang don’t sing much, and the only time we hit a high note is when a hammer malfunctions and hits a thumb, but our work has compensations: the satisfaction of a job well done (usually), wonderful camaraderie, lots of jokes, after-work executive sessions at Bruegger’s, and those nifty red sweatshirts.

If you enjoy working with your hands, come join us any Tuesday afternoon. It helps if you have a sense of humor, but that isn’t required.

The Over the Hill Gang meets every Tuesday afternoon to do whatever work is needed to keep the church and grounds in good working order. We do minor electrical and plumbing work, we paint, we do carpentry, we clean gutters, we move topsoil and clear brush – in fact, we do almost anything that permits a group of people to gab and joke while they work. And after we finish solving problems at church, we adjourn to Bruegger’s, where, over hot chocolate and coffee, we solve the problems of the world.

Contact person: George Woodzell